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Fannie, Freddie Report Moderate Growth in Profits

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are set to send another $6.8 billion to the U.S. Treasury after posting a mild increase in profits for the third quarter. By the end of this year, the two GSEs, which have been in conservatorship since 2008, will have returned a combined $225.5 billion to taxpayers.

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Fewer Homes Going to All-Cash, Institutional Buyers

In a report released Thursday, real estate data firm RealtyTrac revealed that 33.9 percent of single-family home and condo sales last quarter were transacted in cash, down from 36.9 percent in the second quarter and flat from last year.

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Private Employers Add 230K Jobs in October

The number of jobs in the private sector increased by 230,000 from September to October, according to the latest report from ADP. October's growth was the highest since June and the second highest so far this year, said ADP's president and CEO, Carlos Rodriguez.

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Federal Judge Knocks Down ‘Disparate Impact’

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled this week that only claims of direct, intentional discrimination could be made under the Fair Housing Act, which was passed in 1968. While the Fair Housing Act does not specifically state it allows disparate claims lawsuits, courts have allowed them for years.

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Mortgage Apps Rise on Strong Refinance Activity

According to an examination of application numbers by macroeconomic research company Capital Economics, total mortgage application volume jumped 10.1 percent in October, bouncing back after four straight months of declines. The headline measure received a major boost from refinance applications, which were up 18.5 percent month-over-month to arrive at an eight-month high.

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Mortgage Credit Availability Falls in October

Access to mortgage credit tightened in October, according to a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). The group's Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a gauge of credit access based on borrower traits and underwriting trends, fell 2.5 percent last month to a reading of 113.2.

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Survey: Student Loans a ‘Key Obstacle’ in Purchasing Homes

NeighborWorks' Second Annual America at Home Survey showed that student loan debt and perceived overtightness of lending has prevented or delayed homeownership despite the fact that 60 percent of American adults surveyed said owning a home was either "the most important" or a "very important" part of the American dream.

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Home Price Appreciation Slows to 5.6% Annual Rate

Home price growth continued in September on an annual basis, while monthly returns have stagnated, CoreLogic reported Tuesday. Including distressed sales, the company's Home Price Index (HPI) increased 5.6 percent in September compared to the year prior, bringing the index's yearly growth streak to 31 straight months.

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Pershing Square CEO Drops One of His GSE Suits

Pershing Square Capital Management filed a voluntary notice of dismissal in the U.S. District Court for one of its lawsuits against the federal government over the sweeping of GSE profits into the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

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First-Time Buyer Share Hits 27-Year Low

In its annual survey of homebuyers and sellers, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found that only about 33 percent of home purchases in the last year were made by first-time buyers, down from 38 percent in last year's survey and the long-term average of 40 percent.

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